Canucks have strength to bounce back 

June, 8, 2011

After witnessing the drubbing of the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, inevitably the questions turn to the Canucks' ability to bounce back from such a defeat. How will they respond? Has the momentum shifted in favor of the Bruins? Did the hit on Nathan Horton provide even greater incentive to the Bruins to win the Cup? The answers to these questions will be provided immediately upon completion of Game 4, but their groundwork will have been laid out far before the off day following the 8-1 drubbing in Game 3.

The Canucks did not arrive at this point in the season by not being resilient. Yes, the phrases you hear in the wake of a devastating loss like the one Vancouver suffered Monday night are clichés, but they're clichés for a reason -- there is wisdom there.

You have to put it behind you. You have to bounce back.

Vancouver is a team that has forged its identity throughout the course of the season, and the corresponding strength of the team has been forged through the many successes and some of the tribulations they experienced. There is so much talk of the adjustments that coach Alain Vigneault must make and how he must manage his team during the time between Games 3 and 4. I beg to differ.

Craig Button contributes regularly to ESPN Insider. Since 1988, Button has worked in the NHL as a scout and later as director of scouting with the Minnesota North Stars, becoming director of player personnel after the franchise relocated to Dallas. He later served as vice president and general manager of the Calgary Flames. He currently works as an analyst for the NHL Network.